The Geography program develops and strengthens your ability to interpret and explain the occurrence, spatial distribution, and interrelationships of the Earth's physical features and social elements.

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Urban Studies

Urban Studies is a broad interdisciplinary program designed to provide an integrated understanding of the social, political, economic, environmental and cultural processes that shape urban life.

Earth Science

Earth Science

Earth Science is the study of the materials that make up the Earth and the natural and human processes that shape the landscape.

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Welcoming Spaces

In June 2021, the Department of Geography's Graduate Student Association (GeoGSA) gifted the department this Progress Pride Flag as the first annual Welcoming Spaces gift. Each year going forward, GeoGSA will gift either a tangible object or an intentional action that helps individuals feel safe and included and also reaffirms that we embrace and seek to grow diversity.

Designed by Daniel Quaisar, the flag includes the six stripes of the traditional LGBTQ+ Pride flag. Also included are colours from the Trans flag, originally designed by Monica Helms. 

excerpt from the letter of explanation 2020-2021 GeoGSA Executive on behalf of the Geography graduate community


Interested in graduate studies?

Explore our thesis and course-based graduate programs and certificate.

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Thesis graduate programs

We offer students the opportunity to undertake thesis-based graduate studies leading to MA, MSc and PhD degrees. We also offer international students the opportunity to come to our department as Visiting Students.


MGIS Program

The Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) is an advanced course-based program with an independent research component renowned for its successful development of GIS professionals and academics.

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Certificate in Geospatial Information Technology

Get a career edge – learn how to integrate geospatial technologies in your work and your future career.

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Megan Leung combines artistic talent and geography studies to tell the story of water-related issues; opening gala May 25...

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Faculty of Arts Awards and Celebration of Excellence 2022

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Nursing student takes top spot in 2022 UCalgary Three Minute Thesis competition

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Creating a more sustainable and just food system: 3 critical ingredients

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